THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTIONS OF BOTANICALS AND UNIQUE NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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The manifold inspirations from streams...

December 09, 2019

I have an obsession for small little tropical streams. They are remarkable little habitats found worldwide, with literally thousands of different fishes found residing in them.  The definition of a "stream" is: "...a body of water flowing in a channel or watercourse, as a river, rivulet, or brook..." And of course, these little bodies of water flow through jungled areas, where they're bound to pick up some leaves, twigs, and other plant parts as they wind along their path. Leaves, the "jumping off point" of our botanical obsession, form a very important part of these stream habitats. It is known by science that the leaf litter and the community of aquatic animals that it hosts is, according to one study, "......

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Talking dirty...again...

December 08, 2019

As you know, I spend an inordinate amount of time talking about sediments, mud, leaf litter, and soil, and how these materials play an important role in the aquatic ecosystems from which many of our favorite fishes come. I mean, for the most part, we'd call this stuff "dirt." And, as I discovered during my extensive summer "urban igapo" experiments, I think there is a lot to be gained from playing with "dirt" in our aquariums...Well, more accurately, terrestrial soils of various compositions. Seriously.  Now, I know that the idea of "dirted" tanks is not at all new, particularly to the planted tank world. There is a whole fascinating "subculture" of planted people doing amazing things with "dirted" tanks. I...

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